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Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs
News and updates for LU alumni and friends

January 2017 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs
(409) 880-8921
(800) 298-4839

Lamar University Alumni Affairs Staff
Alumni Affairs Staff

Shannon Copeland
'02, '03, '07

Evie Clifton

Laurie Ritchel
Travel Programs Coordinator

Antoinette Mays
'07, '12, '16
Administrative Assistant
Brianna Graffagnino

Kaylie Smith
Student Intern

Alumni Calendar
Secrets HR
Won't Tell You

Tues., Jan. 31, 2017

Between the Basketball Games Reception
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017

A Dinner and Conversation
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
Fri., Feb.  24, 2017

Secret to Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn
Thurs., Apr. 27, 2017

Alumni Baseball Tailgate Party
Sat., Apr. 29, 2017

Secret to Leading Across Generations in the Workplace
Thurs., Jul. 20, 2017

Lamar University Names New Head Football Coach
Mike Schulz

LU Head Football Coach Mike Schultz
Mike Schultz has been named Lamar University's head football coach. A coaching veteran with 35 years of experience, including 22 in the state of Texas, Schultz has served as an offensive coordinator for his previous 16 seasons on the sidelines. During that time Schultz produced some of the nation's most prolific offenses, including 11 seasons at TCU. Read more.

Tax assistance available through LU's V.I.T.A. program 
 Free Tax Help

Visit LU's website
to learn more.

Cardinal View Saturday, February 18, 2017

LU Baseball Offers
3 Free Baseball Clinics for Youth

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Clinics are for 8th graders and younger and will be held:

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017
Nederland Little League

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017
Bridge City Little League

Sat., Feb. 11, 2017
Lumberton Little League

for more information.

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2017 Cardinal Adventure Trips

Journey to Southern Africa, Cruise the Rhine River, Italian Riviera & Chianti

Alumni Basketball Reception
Saturday, February 4, 2017
 Lamar University Alumni Basketball Between-the-Games Reception February 4, 2017 3:00pm-4:30pm Hall of Honor Room, Montagne Center, 1st Floor,
Join your fellow LU Alumni at the Basketball Between-the-Games Reception in the Hall of Honor Room of the Montagne Center on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 3pm-4:30pm. Registration fee is $7 per person, which includes a general admission ticket to the Women's and Men's Basketball Games, meal catered by Rockin' A Cafe as well as two beverages of your choice (beer, water, and soft drinks). There will be a fun photo booth and free LU Alumni giveaways.  Advance registration and payment is required by January 27, 2017. To register and pay online, visit

Alumni not attending the reception, may purchase discounted game tickets in advance by calling the Montagne Center Ticket office at 409-880-1715 or online using the promo code "alumnigame17" (case sensitive).

Lamar University, Member The Texas State University System, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Secrets HR Won't Tell You April Keith, HR Manager, Gulf Coast. January 31st, 7:30am, Montagne Center, Cardinal Club Room, FREE, Breakfast will be provided. 7:30am Networking, 8:00am Presentation, register at Mark Your Calendars for Other Upcoming Events, Secret to Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn, 4/27; Secret to Leading Across Generations in the Workplace 7/20; This event is hosted by the Lamar University Center for Career and Professional Development, Office of Alumni Affairs, and MBA Program and the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Friday, February 24, 2017 
Lamar University Distinguished Alumni Becky Mason, Chuck Mason, Jorge Quijano and Hyattye Simmons

Lamar University has named four alumni 
Becky Dickson Mason '71, Chuck Mason '72, Jorge Quijano '73, and  Hyattye Simmons '79 Distinguished Alumni for 2017, noting that their dedication to their professions, service to their communities and loyalty to their alma mater epitomizes the Lamar University spirit. A dinner honoring the 2017 Distinguished Alumni will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 6:30pm at the University Event Center. For more information or to make reservations for the dinner, visit

Join us to celebrate the Art, Literature, and Cuisine of the Coastal Region as we launch the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast at Lamar University, January 30 3-5pm Lamar University Event Center Mary and John Gray Library, 8th floor Remarks by Dr. Sam Monroe, Door prizes, music, regional food, live artists, 409-880-8518

Doctoral students assist UNESCO's Teacher Task Force in Cambodia
 Lamar University students assist with class in Cambodia
Lamar University students recently visited Cambodia to participate in the 9th annual UNESCO Policy Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers.

UNESCO is the United Nations agency charged with instituting and administering programs for cooperative, coordinated action by member states in education, science and the arts.

LU Students Kelly Grogan and Jessica Hale, both of the Apple Distinguished Educator cohort of the Doctorate in Education Leadership program, and project coordinator, George Saltsman, research assistant professor in Education Leadership, provided advising and assistance in constructing a social media platform, live streaming of the forum, and launching a platform for online dialogue and discussion regarding international policy creation.

"Providing hands-on experience through participation in global education events such as this is what makes the global focus of the Lamar University Doctorate in Education Leadership unique," said Kaye Shelton, associate professor of Education Leadership and director of the Doctorate in Education Leadership program. "The best way to prepare future global leaders is have them collaborate within the global education community." Read more.

Alumni Events Recap
Nancy Evans, Jerry Dearing and Jason HendersonHouston area alumni and friends gathered at the home of alumnus Jerry Dearing on Friday, September 9, 2016 before a game of Cardinal football at the University of Houston the next morning. View event photos online.
Ellen Rienstra and Bud LeonardPast Presidents of the LU Alumni Advisory Board gathered for a lunch meeting with President Ken Evans and current alumni board President Judge Ransom "Duce" Jones '88 on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Executive Event Center at the Reaud Building. View event photos online or on Facebook.

Student Spotlight:
Nic Nikoloutsos

Exploring nanomedicine and beyond in Taiwan 
Image of Nic Nikoloutsos, Lamar University Student

Senior electrical engineering and physics dual degree student and double major in mathematics, Nic Nikoloutsos, originally traveled to Taipei, Taiwan this summer to work under Che-Ming Jack Hu on experimental procedures in nanomedicine at Academia Sinica as one of the two 2016 David J. Beck Fellows.

However, while in Taiwan, Nikoloutsos' research unexpectedly veered from the nanoparticle projects he and Hu had originally planned, forming a whole new summer experience for the Vidor native.

He worked on nanoparticle research for three weeks out of eleven, and the remaining weeks he designed experiments and worked on a special topic that is likely to result in publication. From collaborating on research to learning basic Mandarin, he said his experiences in the lab far exceeded his expectations.

"At most medium to large institutions, I would just now, as a senior, be receiving the opportunities and building the relationships I had as a freshman at LU. I feel I have benefited from Lamar so much already, but here, new doors continue to open," said Nikoloutsos. Read more.

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